There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness: And Other Thoughts on Ph

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ISBN: 9780593192153
ISBN: 9780593192153
Editorial: Riverhead Books
Autor: Rovelli, Carlo
Año de edición: 2022
N° Paginas: 272
Tipo de pasta: Pasta dura
Descripción: A delightful intellectual feast from the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, The Order of Time, and AnaximanderOne of the world’s most prominent physicists and fearless free spirit, Carlo Rovelli is also a masterful storyteller. His bestselling books have introduced millions of readers to the wonders of modern physics and his singular perspective on the cosmos. This new collection of essays reveals a curious intellect always on the move. Rovelli invites us on an accessible and enlightening voyage through science, literature, philosophy, and politics.Written with his usual clarity and wit, this journey ranges widely across time and space: from Newton's alchemy to Einstein's mistakes, from Nabokov’s lepidopterology to Dante’s cosmology, from mind-altering psychedelic substances to the meaning of atheism, from the future of physics to the power of uncertainty. Charming, pithy, and elegant, this book is the perfect gateway to the universe of one of the most influential minds of our age.ReviewPraise for Rovelli and There Are Places:“Provocative. . . . Rovelli’s fans will enjoy having this on their shelves.” —Publishers Weekly“Rovelli delights. His facility with science and philosophy is exemplary.” —Kirkus"Meet the new Stephen Hawking." —The Sunday Times"Some physicists, mind you, not many of them, are physicist-poets. They see the world or, more adequately, physical reality, as a lyrical narrative written in some hidden code that the human mind can decipher. Carlo Rovelli, the Italian physicist and author, is one of them." —NPR Cosmos & Culture"The physicist known for making complex science intelligible." —Financial Times"If your desire to be awestruck by the universe we inhabit needs refreshing, theoretical physicist Carlo up to the task." —ElleAbout the AuthorCarlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the United States, and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de Physique Théorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Reality Is Not What It Seems, The Order of Time, and Helgoland are international bestsellers that have been translated into more than fifty languages.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.Aristotle the ScientistOctober 19, 2015Do objects of different weight fall at the same speed? At school we are told that, by letting balls drop from the Tower of Pisa, Galileo Galilei had demonstrated that the correct answer is yes. For the preceding two millennia, on the other hand, everyone had been blinded to the fact by the dogma of Aristotle, according to which the heavier the object, the faster it falls. Curiously, according to this story, it seems never to have occurred to anyone to test whether this was actually true before Francis Bacon and his contemporaries began observing nature and freed themselves from the straitjacket of Aristotelian dogmatism.It's a good story, but there's a problem with it. Try dropping a glass marble and a paper cup from a balcony. Contrary to what this beautiful story says, it is not at all true that they hit the ground at the same time: the heavier marble falls much faster, just as Aristotle says.No doubt at this point someone will object that this happens because of air, the medium through which the things fall. True, but Aristotle did not write that things would fall at different speeds if we took out all the air. He wrote that things fall at different speeds in our world, where there is air. He was not wrong. He observed nature attentively. Better than generations of teachers and students who are prone to take things on trust, without testing them for themselves.Aristotle's physics has had a lot of bad press. It has come to be thought of as built upon a priori assumptions, disengaged from observation, patently wrongheaded. This i
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